Do U Have the Need, The Need for Speed?
Need for Speed: Most Wanted released in 2012 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Well, technically the second iteration of Need for Speed: Most Wanted released in 2012, while the original game of the same name but with different content released in 2005. You still following me? Well, no worries. Just know that the Wii U port of the 2012 game released in March of 2013. It was sadly damned from launch thanks to the Wii U port being full retail price while the other versions were already budget price by the time. Throw in the publisher's disinterest in further creating games for the Wii U, and you have a recipe for disaster. That said, the end result of Need for Speed: Most Wanted U is a port from a third-party that smartly uses the Wii U and its features in an intelligent and entertaining way that makes it worth looking into.
|Don't mind me. I'm just|
soaking in the sun.
|Do you mind? I'm trying to change lanes|
at a dangerous 109 mph!
If you want, you can just roam freely about Fairhaven without much issue. Of course, speeding an exorbitant amount higher than the posted limit will get the cops on your tail. Then it's a rush to get out of their zone, hide in a less traveled space, and hope to goodness that the po-po (as the kids call it) don't see you, lest you wish to start the pursuit all over again, which isn't that bad considering how fun running from chasing cops is in Most Wanted U.
|All a police barricade says to me|
is "Time to test the body on this baby."
|The place on the left is great|
for auto repairs (and losing the cops).
|Change Fairhaven from day to night|
with a press of the GamePad's screen.
|Have car, will travel. Have race, will win.|
|Take THAT for making Dead Space 3|
less horror and more generic!
|Destroyed billboards will be replaced by|
pictures of the Most Wanted in Mii form.
One word of warning with races in particular is that when you're going at such fast speeds, it can be mighty difficult to see what is coming up ahead until it's too late. Be prepared to crash and moan each time your car slams into even the tiniest obstacle until you learn the city and each race's path well. It's especially so since the crash animation seems to mock you with how long it takes to finish.
|Get ready to see the word "crashed"|
appear a lot more than you might be used to.
As mentioned earlier, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U allows for friends and total strangers to ride online and compete or cooperate with one another for some multiplayer mayhem. To be more specific, up to six players can participate in a Speed List, a customized schedule that shows what events players and their rides will be thrust into. Speed Lists can make multiplayer rounds go as long as an hour, so be sure to have the required time to fully enjoy these. Such Speed List events can be king of the hill-type matches, simple races, and so much more. The built-in microphone of the GamePad additionally allows for fun smack talk and cooperative chatter to occur while speeding through Fairhaven.
|My eyes... They can't handle all the beauty...|
|A game so pretty that you'll want to|
make as many Kodak moments as you can.
[SPC Says: 7.5/10]